Population studies of the filarial vector Aedes polynesiensis (Diptera: Culicidae) in two island settings of French Polynesia

Hapairai, L. K., Sang, M. A. C., Sinkins, S. P. and Bossin, H. C. (2013) Population studies of the filarial vector Aedes polynesiensis (Diptera: Culicidae) in two island settings of French Polynesia. Journal of Medical Entomology, 50(5), pp. 965-976. (doi:10.1603/ME12246) (PMID:24180100)

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Abstract

A mark-release-recapture study was conducted to estimate the adult population size, migration, and dispersal patterns of male and female Aedes (Stegomyia) polynesiensis (Marks) in a valley of Moorea, a volcanic island, and a motu (islet) on the atoll of Tetiaroa, two settings typical of the Society Islands. Aedes polynesiensis recapture rate was high for females and low for males. The distribution of Aedes species in the valley was heterogeneous. Marked individuals dispersed to most parts of the motu and over great distances in the valley for some females. The study provides insights into the field dynamics of Ae. polynesiensis populations and confirms that more efficient sampling methods are warranted. There was no evidence of active migration between motus on the atoll, suggesting that Tetiaroa is a suitable site for small-scale initial open releases of Wolbachia incompatible insect technique and other sterile insect technique-like suppression or replacement strategies.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study was supported in part by French Polynesian government grant 6123/MEE/REC and Wellcome Trust award WT095121.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sinkins, Professor Steven
Authors: Hapairai, L. K., Sang, M. A. C., Sinkins, S. P., and Bossin, H. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Journal of Medical Entomology
Publisher:Entomological Society of America -
ISSN:0022-2585
ISSN (Online):1938-2928

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